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Les rats quittent le navire qui coule

English translation of Les rats quittent le navire qui coule

The rats are leaving the sinking ship

This French proverb is used to illustrate situations where people abandon a project, cause, or organization that's about to fail. It originates from the observed behavior of rats, which would leave a ship when it began to sink. It's often used in a negative connotation to refer to those who act out of self-interest rather than standing by commitments during challenging times.

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